PanPrint Limited is a print house established in 1956 in Auckland by Sir Woolf Fisher, his family and friends. The company was formed initially to produce the racing paper, "Sporting Life". This publication was later sold to Best Bets, though Panprint continued the printing contract.

In the mid 1960's the company began to move into commercial printing with the publication of the monthly paper Home Companion. This was alternatively titled Home Life and was produced for Fisher and Paykel. The magazine used a generic format that allowed for regional difference in the promotion of whiteware and associated products. In 1978 the first four colour press was introduced (Solness?) and in 1980 the company began to specialise in high quality multicolour (6 colour) printing using Heidelberg presses.

PanPrint currently employs 50 staff and principally holds contracts with New Zealand clients

Establishing members of Panprint

Sir Woolf Fisher
Lady Fisher
Dr McGregor Grant
Mr Skeggs
Ian Harvey
Charles Archie
Dr CC Rankin
Brian Rodman
Ron Gilbert

PanPrint Awards

The PanPrint Awards were established in 1989 in consultation with Kel Marsh Graphic Design. The intentions of the award are to:
  • Establish a collegial link between designers and Panprint.
  • Provide students with experience in working with a client in a professional context.
  • Produce a marketing device that profiles current technology and expertise available in offset printing.
  • Promote student design in New Zealand.
The awards are brief driven, though involve ongoing communication between the company, the Art and Design schools and shortlisted students.

The awards are made to six students, annually who are enrolled in New Zealand Art or Design degree programmes. Work is submitted as a proposal for a two-month A2 calendar page that interprets a theme indicated in the brief. These themes are discussed and established each year by the staff of PanPrint.

The design must be able to be reproduced in six colours or less (i.e. four process and two special colours). Pantone colour, metallic colour, fluorescent colour, duo-tone or solid process colours are all available for use at the printing stage. (After 1992 no foil blocking, die cutting or embossing was allowed).

Twenty proposals from the initial submission are selected by a panel of designers and printers. These are returned to students with comments and suggestions, then reworked and resubmitted. From this group a further process of shortlisting establishes 10 semifinalists who are given $250.00 to help with the production of camera ready artwork. From these submissions the six award winners are finally established.

Each student whose work is selected, receives a $1000.00 award and ten copies of the combined printed calendar.

The calendars are produced in a run of 740 issues and are not available commercially. The strategy of limiting the edition is established to create the value of the product as a sophisticated marketing device. It is distributed annually to design houses, advertising agencies, publishers and schools of art and design.

All original artworks of finalists become the property of PanPrint.


Kel Marsh
Graphic Design

Danny Blackam
Design Consultants, Managing Director

Auckland 528 Ellerslie Panmure Highway
Ph: (09) PO Box 14222 Auckland